Poll: Majority support regulating medical marijuana dispensaries
A poll released Wednesday found that almost two-thirds of San Diego residents support the regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries to varying degrees, but few want to ban them outright.
The poll of 505 adults who live in the city was done Oct. 14-17 for the Web site KeepComingBack.com by San Diego-based Competitive Edge Research and Communication.
It found that 64 percent of San Diego residents want medical marijuana dispensaries to be regulated. Of those, 37 percent favored many regulations, while 27 percent desired few regulations.
Only 9 percent of respondents wanted the city to ban dispensaries.
“This poll delivers a clear message to City Hall: San Diego residents want medical marijuana dispensaries to follow tough rules that will keep neighborhoods safe,” said Steve Francis, founder of KeepComingBack.com.
“Elected officials should heed the voice of the public and approve stringent land use and zoning regulations without delay.”
Francis is a two-time San Diego mayoral candidate and the wealthy founder of Carmel Valley-based AMN Healthcare.
The poll comes a month-and-a-half after the City Council voted to create an 11-member task force that will be charged with developing regulations to govern medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego.
Francis plans to present the results during the Medical Marijuana Task Force’s meeting on Friday at City Hall.
It became legal in California for seriously ill patients under the supervision of a physician to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes in 1996 with the passage of Proposition 215. Recently, there has been a proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego.